Dust off your lightsabers and get out the snacks, because it’s the perfect time for a Star Wars marathon. (Image source: starwars.fandom)
By Chelsea Shepherd |@Chelsea15183902
To celebrate May the fourth, and the abundance of time I now have on my hands, I thought it was finally time to commit to a Star Wars marathon.
Actually, it was my Star Wars fanboy boyfriend who forced me into watching them all, and was appalled that it had taken me 21 years to watch them.
It seemed like a daunting task, committing to 20 hours and 33 minutes of movies that never particularly enticed me.
I’m far from a movie buff, and if I do branch out and watch one it’s always a rom-com. I was far out of my comfort zone, but now was as good a time as any.
So, I grabbed the comfiest blanket and pillow I could find, headed to the couch and settled in for what was going to be a wild (and long) 20 and a half hours.
While I watched all nine movies (excluding the spin-offs), I have chosen to only review the movies I had the strongest opinions about.
Watching them all back-to-back was an ambitious task, but I had a ‘get them all over and done with’ mindset.
We started with Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and if I’m being honest, I wasn’t thrilled purely because I was just getting familiar with the names of the planets and the aliens, and overall there was a lot going on. I enjoyed the character development and the plot twists that director George Lucas implements.
After the first movie, I instantly came to my senses and realised that I wouldn’t be able to watch all nine movies back to back, and alas we chickened out and moved our marathon to one movie per day.
With that goal in mind, the next night we bunkered down and watched Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
Not only did the storyline continue on from the first movie, but the characters had become familiar and I enjoyed watching the relationships between the characters develop.
I couldn’t believe that I was beginning to enjoy the films and their fierce fight scenes after refusing to watch them for all of these years.
On to Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and oh boy – what a rollercoaster.
Being the final instalment of the prequel series, there was an intense and surprising climax which enticed me to continue on to the next trilogy.
I now had an attachment to the characters, their stories and hardships, and immediately wanted to delve further into the galaxy far far away…
After watching the original trilogy (Episode IV – A New Hope, Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI – Return of the Jedi), I can confidently say they are far superior than the rest. The characters are iconic, the fight scenes are suspenseful and I thoroughly enjoyed them.
By this stage, I was still not vibing with the aliens, because they weren’t often portrayed as nice characters, but I could put my issues with them aside.
On to the third trilogy, and I did not have high hopes. All I knew was that there were new characters, both heroes and villains, and I already missed the originals.
Without giving away spoilers, I was pleasantly surprised by how seamlessly the transition between the second and third trilogies were, despite them being over 30 years apart.
Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, in my opinion, was extremely disappointing.
There were unforeseen deaths, and the storyline didn’t seem parallel to the movies prior. It was quite messy and I just wasn’t a fan.
With Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker next on the agenda, we were nearing the end of a long emotional journey and I thought, “Chewie, we’re finally home,” (if you don’t understand this reference, you clearly need to listen to my advice and watch the movies).
Despite a lot of backlash against the film on the internet over its allegedly poor script and lazy directing, I was pleasantly surprised.
I cried with both joy and sadness for most of the movie, and I very much enjoyed the way that director J.J. Abrams wrapped up the trilogy.
In the end, I learned to love the movies after gaining an attachment to the characters, but I’m still not the biggest fan of the aliens.
I encourage everyone to take the time to get out of your pop culture comfort zone and commit to a movie franchise marathon, you just might like it.
So, on the most sacred of days in the Star Wars calendar, May the fourth (or force) be with you.